The 2015-16 school year is underway. The campus is filled with a bevy of students who in turn are filled with anxiety, joy, sadness, confusion, relief, anger, and wonder. In order to get us started on the right foot, several days were spent ex academia (I made that term up). In other words, not in classes.
New students joined the returnees at the Rising Son Retreat Center where they played team building games with some of their teachers motivating them right along.
A hike through the woods took them to the ropes course. Dangling modifiers allowed…a real balancing act for all.
The brave hearted transcended the earth by hitching their harnesses to a safety line on the climbing tower. As they inched their way skyward, those solidly committed to terra firma (I think that’s a real Latin term) shouted encouraging words upwards. Exhilaration, relief, and disbelief could be seen on those tiny faces at the top of the tower.
Then came the challenge of the zip line. Going up was one thing. Jumping off a tower into nothing was another. For the experienced, this was the best part. For those who had never done it or it had been more than 20 years, it was terrifying (Yes, I DID).
That ½ second after jumping when I thought I was going to die, quickly became a freedom ride. The harness, rope, and slider (I don’t know the technical terms) all worked together in a smooth, secure sail down the line. Too soon, it was over. Wow!
Sorry—I digress—I was talking about students, wasn’t I?
Before the fun and games ended, students had gotten to know one another, learned to work together, listened and followed directions, done some incredible things, and spent a day enjoying the beautiful FCA campus.
At the end of the day, they were not as anxious, confused, or upset. Why? Because they experienced one of the primary reasons that French Camp Academy is such a great place—good relationships built on the solid foundation of Christ.